Tuition and Other Costs of Attendance

The comprehensive cost of attending St. Mary’s includes the direct expenses of tuition, fees, room, and board; as well as indirect expenses for books, supplies, personal needs, and travel. Direct costs (minus financial aid) are billed to a student’s account before the fall and spring semesters. The student’s need is the difference between the comprehensive costs (direct plus indirect costs) of attendance minus the student’s “expected family contribution” or EFC, as determined by the FAFSA process.

To help everyone meet the costs of a St. Mary’s education, families receive individual attention in both the admissions and financial aid processes. Contact the financial aid department to help plan for tuition costs.

2015-2016 Estimated Yearly Expenses* (Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, PDF)

2014-2015 Estimated Yearly Expenses*

Full Time Students (12 semester-hours or more)

Direct Costs Maryland Resident  Non-Maryland Resident
On-Campus Commuter On-Campus
Tuition $11,195 $11,195 $26,045
Fees¹ $2,629 $2,629 $2,629
Room** $6,770 n/a $6,770
Board*** $5,160 n/a $5,160
Billable Charges to SMCM $25,754 $13,824 $40,604

¹Fees support a variety of programs including campus facilities, special events (for example, lectures and fine arts programs), and student activities.

*The Trustees reserve the right to adjust the rates should that prove necessary.
**Room- based on Dorm: double occupancy
***Board- based on Gold Plan (20 Guest Passes + $600 Dining Dollars)


2014-2015 Housing Costs

Room Type
Cost Per Year
Dorm: Single Occupancy
Dorm: Double Occupancy
Dorm: Triple or Quad Occupancy
Suite: Double Occupancy
Suite: Double Occupancy
Apartment: Single Occupancy
Apartment: Double Occupancy
Townhouse (excluding utilities)


2014-2015 Meal Plan Costs

Plan Type
Cost Per Year
Silver Plan (24 Guest Passes + $400 Dining Dollars)
Gold Plan (40 Guest Passes + $600 Dining Dollars)
Platinum Plan (64 Guest Passes + $800 Dining Dollars)

2014-15 Meal Credit Plan Costs

250 Meal Plan (250 meals + $ 600 Dining Dollars)
150 Meal Plan (150 meals + $600 Dining Dollars)
Flex Plan (20 meals + $800 Dining Dollars)